Voter Turnout Could Set Record for Presidential Primary in Calif.

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California could set a record for the number of votes cast in Tuesday's presidential primary election.

So far, election officials have counted 7.2 million ballots. The head of the county clerks association, Steve Weir, said about 2 million ballots remain to be counted.

The record for number of votes in a California presidential primary is 7.8 million, which was set in 2000. The highest turnout percentage for a California presidential primary was set in 1976, when 72.6 percent voted.

California has 15.7 million registered voters. A projected turnout of 9.2 million would mean that 58.5 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

State election officials have until March 15 to certify final election results.

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